Last week we talked about the crochet trend for summer, and today I want to talk about another summer trend I’m interested in trying – matching sets.
BR Linen Utility Shirt (S) // BR 4″ Linen Shorts (8) // Vince Pia Wedge Sandals (8) // NAGHEDI Woven Tote // Kendra Scott necklace & earrings // old Stella & Dot cuff bracelet // Fendi sunglasses (option for less)
I know I like this style of top on me, but I wasn’t sure about the shorts. I mean, pleats? Really??? But I reminded myself, it doesn’t cost anything to try!
(Returns at Banana Republic are free, but they only allow 30 days from ship date, so I always mark my calendar when placing an order, just to be safe.)
While they’re not my typical style, I actually think they work really well for dressy shorts, which is something I don’t currently have in my summer wardrobe.
The nice thing about a matching set is, it’s “one and done” like a dress or jumpsuit. You don’t have to spend a lot of time figuring out what to put together, but you can mix and match each piece with other items in your closet to maximize cost per wear potential.
Plus, there are so many pieces in the Linen Collection at Banana that you could order a few other options for tops and bottoms, and they’re all interchangeable.
Because these pieces are both 100% linen, they’re extremely lightweight and breathable for hot summer days, but they do recommend dry cleaning. I don’t really mind that, but I know it’s a deal breaker for some, so I want to mention it.
And yes, it does wrinkle, but that’s to be expected. I chose black for this set because I think black linen is so chic and easy to style multiple ways, but these pieces are also available in white and army green, which are really nice as well.
I styled this shorts set two ways – first with black wedge slides and my black NEGHEDI woven tote for a more dressed-up summer look that I might wear out for dinner or drinks with Paul on a warm summer evening.
And then with brown flat sandals and a straw clutch, which still has an elevated look and feel, but it’s more of a daytime look.
This is something I might wear to meet a girlfriend for coffee or to shop the mall. I might not carry a clutch to the mall, though, although this one has a chain strap so it’s certainly fine for that.
BR Linen Utility Shirt (S) // BR 4″ Linen Shorts (8) // Nordstrom Carolina Slides (8) // straw clutch // Kendra Scott necklace & earrings // old Stella & Dot cuff bracelet // Fendi sunglasses (option for less)
Here’s a shot of the back of the outfit. It’s very simple, but I like that about it. I feel like it’s streamlined and modern and flattering without being too structured or form-fitting. I might even pack this for Italy!
A bolder necklace would be fun with this too. I need to update my accessories, but I haven’t seen a lot that I like, and the one new piece I got recently already sold out.
When you tuck the top into the shorts, it almost looks like a romper, but without the potential potty problems. How about that for a catchy alliteration!?!
What do you think about the matching sets? Do you have any good ones to recommend?
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photos: Alison Cornell